Participants of Acting Out

Did you know…we offer young people at risk of exclusion a chance to gain a BTEC qualification?

Posted on 18 February 2013

Acting Out is the Belgrade’s groundbreaking, work-related learning programme that works with young people who are at risk of exclusion from school. It provides them with an opportunity to participate in drama, dance and performing arts business activities based at the theatre and work towards a BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts, a qualification which is equivalent to four GCSEs.

Acting Out takes referrals from schools across Coventry and the young people involved attend two sessions a week over a period of two years. The programme contributes to raising their confidence levels, their communication skills and their performance skills. It also develops their personal skills, building their self-esteem and improving their performance back at school.

The programme has been rolled out very successfully in both Cardiff and Birmingham, and has twice been held up as a model of best practice in the Government White Paper on 14-19 Education and Skills, keeping the Belgrade Theatre firmly at the forefront of pioneering community arts work.

One previous Acting Out participant credits the programme with saving her life while others believe the skills that they developed on the programme provided them with an excellent foundation for their careers in the Performing Arts industry.

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